School education reform: NCERT makes major guidelines’ review

New Delhi: The National Council of Educational Research Training (NCERT) is all set to bring reforms in its syllabus, teaching methods and writing of the textbooks. The National Curriculum Framework (NCF), a body of NCERT, is responsible to bring in the changes and the same was done 15 years back in 2005.

Hrushikesh Senapaty, director of NCERT confirmed Times of India (TOI) that the preliminary work on the review of the NCF has begun and an expert committee that will take up the task will be formed shortly.

There were three NCFs- 1975, 1988, 2000 before 2005 NSF. The last NCF focused on ‘learning without burden’. The review will be a year-long process and therefore, it is likely that the next NCF will be in the year 2020, said Senapaty.

“Society needs a change and our focus will, therefore, be on experiential learning. This will further take forward the shift of focus of 15 years ago from teachers to the student to promote learning without burden and to change the tendency to learning by rote,” stated Senapaty.

As per reports, the NCERT has so far received over 1 lakh from stakeholders, students, teachers, parents, intellectuals and members of civil society regarding the review of NCF 2005.

“These will be critically analysed and will form the foundation of the forthcoming deliberations on a fresh NCF. It will be a year-long process,” informed Senapaty.

Moreover, the NCERT is planning training programme for 42 lakh government elementary school teachers by December 2019.

It is pertinent to mention here that the NCF 2005 was undertaken by a committee headed by Professor Yashpal, former chairperson of University Grants Commission and focussed on making learning a joyful experience.

Meanwhile, the review of NCF 2005 is likely to be done keeping in mind the present problems, better solutions and new age learning process that keep up with the recent changes in the society and educational front.